Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai

by Sukriti Social Foundation
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Empower 800 children with birth defects in Chennai
Praveen thanking God for his progress
Praveen thanking God for his progress

Dear friends,

Happy New Year.

Thank you for your support in 2020 and helping us reach out to more children in 2021.

This year, we have so much to be thankful for at Social Sukriti Foundation, especially in light of the challenges we have faced during this pandemic.

With your support, we have been able to continue to support children in need of appliances. And one of them is Praveen

When Praveen was four years old, he was affected by a high fever which affected his legs and fingers. His legs are twisted so are his fingers. The poor parents rushed him to many doctors and hospitals who treated him for neuro disorders. Very late, they found the Children Hospital in Chennai and from then onwards, Praveen's path has been full of possibilities.

Praveen's elder brothers do not have any such disability issues. "Both the brothers love each other so much that I don't worry about Praveen at all' says his mother. His father was before the lockdown worked in a factory but now has lost his job. His mother works in a sericulture unit, earning so little that she finds it hard to put food on the table. 

Praveen underwent surgery at the Children's hospital and from then onwards he had to wear supportive appliances to set this legs right. With their financial difficulties, they almost gave up on getting the needed appliances. 

But thanks to your generosity of friends like you, Praveen received the appliances he needed to gain his legs' support.  Praveen attends school, participates in games which he enjoys. During his recent visit to the doctors, they informed his parents that and Praveen has a recovery rate of 90%.  All he needs is physiotherapy and wearing of the appliances just for precaution. "We are so relieved and thank you so much. Now my son can dream and reach his goals," says his mother in between heavy sighs and relief.

"I am delighted because now I can play with my friends and one day I will be a cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar," grinned Praveen. He continues, "I enjoy going to school. Though holding a pen with my fingers is a challenge, I am happy that my legs are getting stronger. Now I can practice  on the playground like others."

With your support, from September to October 2020, we have distributed 192 appliances. Of these, 128 are foot abduction orthosis for children with a club foot. Rest are appliances such as ankle-foot orthosis, walkers, and Pavlik harness.  75% of the children fall in the age group of 0-3, 22% in the age group of 4-8, and the rest are above the age of 8.

There are still many more children like Praveen who have so much potential and are waiting for appliances. Would you continue to support such children to attend school, play and enjoy their childhood? 

We'd be happy if you can circulate this report to friends and family members who may be motivated to support the children.

With gratitude

Sowmya

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A relieved Saroja buying provisions for the family
A relieved Saroja buying provisions for the family

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

We hope you are fine and safe. Thank you for your continued support especially during the Pandemic. We greatly appreciate your concern.

COVID-19 crisis and the economic fallout robbed lives and livelihood. Many are desperate for food. But thanks to generous donors like, you, we met their most urgent need. You made it possible for families to buy their essentials from neighbourhood grocery shops. Thank you.

Your compassion and care are making sure no child goes to bed hungry. 

Saroja (name changed) never lets sorrow have the final word. She bravely met hurdles while taking care of her child with a disability. But when the pandemic hit, she faced brand new challenges, including hunger caused by COVID-19. With their income plummeted, they experienced hunger along with fear, anxiety and hopelessness. She couldn't bear to see her children go to bed in hunger. 

Thankfully, your gift showed up at the right time! and we distributed money to our beneficiaries to buy provisions. You gave families such as Saroja essential items such as rice, sugar, milk and oil.  Because of you, these families have new hope within them to provide for their families. Thank you for being with poor families. 

"Thank you, for this meaningful help," Saroja said. "My family and I are grateful." 

When your cup of generosity overflows, so many lives are touched. The provisions that you helped buy are feeding children and they are no longer hungry. Thank you.

Now that the country is opening up, we will begin our work with children with birth defects. Parents are still reluctant to visit hospitals. But we will motivate parents to seek medical help which is so crucial to identify such defects at an early stage. 

Thank you once again for your continued support. Please do forward this report to your family members and friends who may care to support.

With gratitude,

Sowmya

 

 

 

 

Sunil (name changed) buying provisions
Sunil (name changed) buying provisions
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Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

We hope you and your family are safe during this unprecedented time. As for us, we are safe, but anticipating more difficult times ahead, especially for our community of children.  Identifying and finding a remedy for children with birth defects cannot be postponed indefinitely and we are working hard to help them during this difficult time.

Story of Nishanth brightens our day and we want to share with you. It's only because of donors such as you magical moments happen. Thank you.

5-year old Nishanth, for the first time, began experimenting what he could do with his legs. He squeaks, trods, plods and sprints. Why wouldn't he? While splashing water in a stream near this home, he puts his head up; looks at his mother, revealing his new-found joy. Along with the mother, his father lets out a heavy sigh of relief. For the past few years, Nishanth has watched with awe his sisters and the neighbourhood children sprinting endlessly kicking the dust off the ground.

"Nishanth was born with birth defects. As a baby, we never noticed the defects. But, when he was one year, we noticed the difference. My husband works as a mason and he earns only when there is work. So, we were distressed thinking of a remedy for Nishanth," recalls his mother." Thankfully, with the support of the Institute of Child Health and Sukrti Social Foundation, we got the appliances for Nishanth. We never missed his appointments at the hospital and religiously followed all treatment. We need to replace the appliances periodically and Sukriti has been a blessing to us. Now, Nishanth can comfortably walk and is enjoying his time in school as well. There's no other joy for us," says an emotional father. Amidst their poverty, Nishanth progress is seen as a silver lining.

Along with Nishanth, with your support, we have provided the 225 different appliances to 200 children. Your support translates to joy, freedom and greater opportunities. These children, otherwise, would have had a challenging future, simultaneously losing the pleasure of growing up. Your support is crucial, as always.

We hope you'd continue to support us, especially during this difficult time. Providing the needed appliances to newly identified children and changing the worn-out ones to the existing children is an ongoing process. We cannot put a full stop. A child's future will be rewritten. Hope you'd continue to support us.

We are immensely thankful for your continued support and pray that you stay safe.

Warmly

Sowmya

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Chandru standing tall today
Chandru standing tall today

Dear donors,

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Thank you for your continued support to carry forward this mission so that children with birth defect could lead to a healthy life.

The story of Chandru narrated below, reflects how early intervention, motivation, encouragement coupled with providing appropriate assistive devices could change a child's life.

"My baby was like the shape of S when I held him for the first time. I knew there was something wrong. I asked my husband, what's wrong with my baby? To keep me calm, he kept consoling me." recalled Chandru's mother remembering the year 2014 when Chandru was born.
Chandru's legs were bent at birth. The poor parents were at a loss when they heard this. As parents, whether poor or rich, you wait for nine months to hold a healthy child in your hand. And the hurt is the same for any parent. However, when you are ignorant, and without money, along with the hurt, uncertainties engulf you.

Most often, donors such as you are the only hope left for them to access the medical facilities that are available to transform such children. Fortunately, Chandru is back to his life, with a hop, jump and a sprint forming part of his life. Exercising is crucial as equivalent to wearing the devices. We are working hard to educate the school teachers to ensure the child wears the devices all the time. Wearing the devices cause pain and children wait for a chance to be without them.

We have changed Chandru's devices more than  8 times. And we must continue to replace the worn devices as grows. A child can permanently be without the devices only when he or she reaches 15 years. We are confident in helping children, such as Chandru with donors such as you supporting us.

For us, along with his parents, it's a joy to see Chandru attending school and enjoying his childhood. If we hadn't intervened, he would have been isolated, deprived of education and his future would have been bleak. Thank you for bringing a positive change to Chandru's life.

Chandru's father drives a three-wheeler, and their income is based on how many rides her get a day. His mother is a housewife. "It's a miracle that my child is walking and running. We only want to see him happy," choruses the happy and relieved parents.

Please share this email with your friends and family members so that they'll be inspired to help many more children such as Chandru.


Once again, thank you for partnering with us.

With gratitude,
Sowmya Simhan

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A child learns to walk with the  modified walker
A child learns to walk with the modified walker

Dear donors

Greetings from Sukriti Social Foundation.

Thank you for helping us change the storyline for children with birth defects. . 

Where poverty is the way of life, potentials of children born with birth defects are often overshadowed by the struggle to survive. However, with a correct diagnosis, proper treatment and with the right appliances, even the most vulnerable can change their destiny and create a better future for their children. We stand to provide these appliances to bring in a change in the lives of children. And with you standing by our side, we are confident in this mission. Thank you. 

 A new hope

Our hearts ache when we see children struggle to balance themselves on an ordinary walker. Often, they stumble, tumble and experience agony and pain, which made us put our thinking cap. We have come out with a new walker, which is not readily available in the market. The children can balance themselves effectively in this walker and thus bringing smiles all around. (Please see the picture below). Thanks to you for making this feature possible.

Since the last report, we have supported 130 children providing various appliances such as :

  • Ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) - support intended to control the position and motion of the ankle, compensate for weakness, or correct deformities.
  • Supramalleolar Orthosis (SMO) - supports the foot just above the ankle bone or malleolus
  • Heel raise sandal
  • Doughnut Pillow
  • Below knee Symes Prosthetics
  • Both limbs Above-knee caliper with wheel walker
  • Hinged AFO
  • Taylor's Brace
  • Cervical collar
  • and Knee brace, to name a few.

Sometimes, seemingly simple activities for any child become painful and disturbing for children with birth defects. That's when we intervene and make transformative life experiences. One such child, among many others, is three-year-old Ashwina. Her parents had a harrowing time, not knowing how to find a treatment for their daughter. Little Ashwina, after wearing supportive shoes continuously, now walks and even taps her feet to the music  Her parents, Amulraj and Sujatha, are happy and composed. "We have had nightmares thinking about Ashwina's future, but now we are confident, and we are certain that she will progress," responded the parents. 

When Sridevi gave birth to Sharvin with congenital disabilities, not even in her wildest dreams, she thought he would walk. But, both the parents were strong and fought their battle. Today, Sharvin is five years and has been wearing our shoes continuously. "We are joyful and see a great future. He actively participates in all school activities and even won 1st prize in a running competition," chorused the delighted parents. 

These stories, and countless others like them, point to a brighter future for children with birth defects. You have walked with us on this journey, making it a reality. We hope you'd continue your support. We'd be happier if you shared this report with your friends who would, like you, be keen to foresee a brighter future for these children.

Thank you, and we remain grateful,

Soumya

Trustee - Sukriti Social Foundation 

 

 

 

Ashwina looking forward to a brighter future
Ashwina looking forward to a brighter future
A different life for Sharivn
A different life for Sharivn
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Sukriti Social Foundation

Location: Chennai - India
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Project Leader:
Sowmya Simhan
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
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